@firstname.lastname@example.org Conservatism is the abject dread fear that somewhere , somehow , someone you consider your inferior is being treated as your equal.
Step 1. Kiss first flag.
Step 2. Kiss second flag.
Step 3. Kiss third flag.
A friend phrased this very well a little bit ago: The "they're all the same" rhetoric is actually right-wing agitprop. Don't believe it.
Republicans *want* you not to vote at all, for THE SAME REASON they want to suppress the vote: It's the only way they win.
PROVE THEM WRONG.
@dsfgs The delegate lead is too high to overcome, but that doesn't mean power is lost. Sanders had a lot of influence over the 2016 party platform and he will again. That's where the power to make bigger changes lies.
If you think you're going to sit home and sulk in November rather than vote for the party that is at least closer to your own interests, then you're giving Republicans your power.
THEY WANT YOU TO STAY HOME. They got burned by vote splitting in 1992, then weaponized it in 2000.
@dsfgs I agree with all of this, and that's why building up Congressional seats *first* is so critical. Every major party shift in US history has required this. Throwing that money at a Presidential candidate first is taking campaign money away from possibly winnable seats.
RT = retweet. The original post was supposed to link to a post on Twitter (the one I pasted a few toots up) but the cross-poster app failed.
Reviving an important related thread. As Joan Crawford famously said, immortalized in the movie "Mommie Dearest":
"This ain't my first time at the rodeo."
I understand these things because I've been there before. Read this thread for more: #m
And I have every right to complain about those of you pulling the "I'm taking my toys and going home" tantrum.
My life, and even more so the lives of people I care about, are at grave risk if Trump keeps power. If you claim to believe in politics that help people...
@dsfgs I'd love to see more parties be contenders. But as long as we have both FPTP and winner-take-all Electoral College math, there are only two viable parties for President.
Voting for any other party at this stage means taking potential votes away from one of those two. If you want more diverse representation across American politics, you have a base to build and should be going after Congressional seats first.
If you're the type who will, even after Sanders specifically called today for us to vote Democratic in November, ignore the power of your Presidential vote...
You have zero right to complain if we get four more years of Trump.
YOU have the power to help us prevent that. USE IT!
@MatejLach ...never mind anyway. I have better things to do with my time than listen to somebody promote the "I'm taking my toys and going home" tantrums.
Like ACTUALLY WORK TO MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN, which requires actually exercising my fucking right to vote.
@MatejLach Did you even watch today's livestream event and endorsement?
Parroting talking points doesn't change the fact of how the US electoral system works.
@dsfgs He gave his endorsement during a joint livestream today. Check news wire feeds.
@MatejLach Nowhere here do I say they were perfect either, but playing absolutism games is how fascism continues to rise.
Anyone who plays the "I won't vote because it's Biden" card is telling me, explicitly, that they don't care enough about the safety of my loved ones and me (queer folk, PoCs, poor folk) to vote *against* the clearly worse option.
That's pretty hypocritical for supporters of a platform founded on helping others.
Perfect is the enemy of good.
@dsfgs And I have, absentee already sent.
This thread is about general election consequences, relative to Sanders's endorsement announcement today.
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